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prologue

Definition:

an introduction to a play

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

prologize

Plural:

prologues

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

prolog

Etymology:

Middle English prolog, from Anglo-French prologue, from Latin prologus preface...
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Prologue

an opening to a story that establishes the setting and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information. The Greek prologos included the modern meaning of prologue, but was of wider ... (40 of 1364 words, 2 images)

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Prologue (disambiguation)

a prefatory piece of writing. Prologue may also refer to: Prologue (magazine), published by National Archives and Records Administration, USA | Prologue (Prose Edda), Icelandic literature | Prologue (Renaissance album), 1972 album | "Prologue", song by... (33 of 184 words, 13 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [often US]

the prefatory lines introducing a play or speech | the actor speaking these lines | a preliminary act or event | [in early opera] an introductory ... (23 of 463 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prologue

Britannica Encyclopedia:

prologue [literature]

a preface or introduction to a literary work. In a dramatic work, the term describes a speech, often in verse, addressed to the audience by one or ... (27 of 212 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

prologue | prolog | curtain-raiser [synonym, sense-specific] | overture [synonym, sense-specific] | preamble [synonym, sense-specific] | preliminary [synonym, sense-specific] | prelude [synonym, sense-specific] | warm-up [synonym, sense-specific] | epilogue [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

the preface or introduction to a literary work | a speech often in verse addressed to the audience by an actor at the beginning of a play ; the actor ... (29 of 181 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prologue

Oxford Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [United States]

a separate introductory section of a literary, dramatic, or musical work | [archaic] : the actor who delivers the prologue in a play. | an event or ... (25 of 131 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prologue

Random House Dictionary:

prologue | prologued [past tense] | prologuing [present participle] | prolog [sense-specific]

a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of a discourse, poem, or novel. | an introductory speech, often in verse, calling attention to ... (23 of 87 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/prologue

Cambridge Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [United States]

a part that comes at the beginning of a play, story or long poem, often ... | [singular] [literary] a series of events related to the main event and ... (28 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prologue

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prologue [countable] | prologues [plural]

[literary] a piece of writing at the start of a book that introduces the ... | an event that leads to another event (22 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prologue

American Heritage Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [sense-specific]

An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play. | An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel. | An introductory ... (23 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prologue

New World Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [sense-specific]

an introduction to a poem, play, etc.; especially, introductory lines spoken by a member of the cast before a dramatic performance | the actor ... (23 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

prologue | prologues [plural] | prologued [past tense] | prologuing [present participle] | prolog [sense-specific] | epilogue [antonym, sense-specific]

A speech or section used as an introduction, especially to a play or novel. | One who delivers a prologue. | [computing] A component of a computer program that prepares the computer to execute a routine. | To introduce with a formal preface, or prologue. (42 of 54 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prologue

Encarta Dictionary:

prologue | prologues [plural] | prologs [plural] | prologued [past tense] | prologed [past tense] | prologuing [present participle] | prologing [present participle] | prolog

an introductory passage or speech before the main action of a novel, play, or long poem | an actor who speaks introductory lines to a dramatic ... (25 of 142 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736602​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Merriam-Webster:

prologue | prolog

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English prolog, from Anglo-French prologue, from Latin prologus preface to a play, from Greek prologos part of a ... (21 of 36 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prologue

Online Etymology:

prologue

First use: about 1300

Origin: Old French prologue (early 13th century), from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos "prologue of a play, speaker of a prologue", ... (22 of 36 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=prologue

American Heritage Dictionary:

prologue

Origin: Middle English prolog, from Old French prologue, from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos: pro-, before; see ... (16 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prologue

Prolog

Origin: Programming in Logic.

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New World Dictionary:

prologue

Origin: Middle English prologe from Middle French from Latin prologus from Greek prologos from pro-, before + logos, discourse: see "pro-" and "logic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prologue

Oxford Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [United States]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek prologos, from pro- "before" + logos "saying"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prologue

Prolog

First use: 1970s

Origin: the first elements of "programming" and "logic"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/Prolog

Collins Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [often US]

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin prologus, from Greek prologos, from pro-2 + logos discourse

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prologue

Wiktionary:

prologue | prologues [plural] | prologued [past tense] | prologuing [present participle]

Origin: Old French, from Latin prologus, from Ancient Greek πρόλογος

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prologue

Prolog [computing]

Origin: French: Abbreviation of Programmation en Logique.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Prolog

Encarta Dictionary:

prologue | prologues [plural] | prologs [plural] | prologued [past tense] | prologed [past tense] | prologuing [present participle] | prologing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French and Latin from Greek prologos, literally "speech before" from logos "speech"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736602​/definition​.html  [offline]

Prolog

First use: Late 20th century

Origin: programing + logic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861728043​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

prologue | prolog [often US]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prologue"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

prologue [countable] | prologues [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prologue"

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prolog

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

prologue [countable] | prologues [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prologue"

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prolog

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Cambridge Dictionary:

prologue

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "prologue"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "prologue"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prologue

the Free Dictionary:

prologue

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "prologue"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "prologue"

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Prolog

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Prolog"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Prolog"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Prolog" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

prologue | prologues [plural] | prologs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "prologue"

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Prolog

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YourDictionary Audio:

prologue

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prologue" by speech synthesizer

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Prolog

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

prolog

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prolog"

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